“But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Arise and take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.” And he arose and took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he departed for the regions of Galilee, and came and resided in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He shall be called a Nazarene”” (Matthew 2:19-23).
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Good and Great, Gracious and Glorious Father, You are worthy of all our praise and thanksgiving. In Your goodness and grace, You have carried us through a difficult year, characterized by the COVID-19 pandemic and protests. Thank You for bringing us safely to its last month. “There is no one holy like the LORD, indeed, there is no one besides You, nor is there any rock like our God” (1 Samuel 2:2). You are “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth” (Exodus 33:6b). We thank and praise You for Your abounding lovingkindness shown to us all throughout this year till today. Truly, You have been good to us. You have been gentle with us. You have been gracious to us. You have been generous to us – giving us “life and breath and all things” (Acts 17:25b). You have been kind to us. You have been faithful to us. We are glad and grateful for blessing us with the privilege of being among the living on this first day of December 2020. We thank You for the opportunity to celebrate Your Son’s Birth in this month. We humbly acknowledge that it is in You we live and move and have our being (see Acts 17:28). We heartily affirm that even before this month began, You have been faithfully working behind the scenes on our behalf. You have been planning and putting in place all that You intend to accomplish in, and for, and through our lives in this month. You know all things. Yes, You know the changes that will come into our individual and corporate lives. You are aware of the conflicts that will arise in the nations and in our individual lives. You know in advance, the challenges that will threaten to undo us. You also know far ahead of time, the comfort and calm that we will experience in this month. Not only that, You are also in control of all the affairs of the nations and their peoples. Indeed, nothing that happens in this month will be a surprise or a shock to You. It may be to us, but not to You, the omniscient and omnipotent God. It is therefore with glad and grateful hearts that we dedicate the month of December 2020 to You, in the holy and hallowed name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Please accomplish all that concerns our families, our friends and fellow-believers, and us; Israel – Your set apart people, Your Church – Your separated people, and Your world – made up of all the nations You created under the heavens – for the praise of Your glorious and great name. We rest in Your goodness and grace to us. We rejoice in Your continuous care for us. We receive the blessings which You have gladly and generously stored up for us just for this month. We repent of all our pride and self-sufficiency. We release our future into Your faithful hands. We rely on You to do what is best for us in this month. We regard You highly. We respect You and Your ways with us. Above all, we revere You for who You are - a loving, compassionate and caring Father - who loves us with unceasing, unchanging, unconditional, undying, unending, unfailing, and unlimited love. We pray all these in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Lover, Life, and Leader! AMEN!
The story of Jesus' birth is one of the most blessed stories ever told in the Bible. It is related in simplicity and sincerity. In His sovereign wisdom God chose to preserve the story of our Savior's birth for us, through Matthew and Dr. Luke. Matthew's and Luke's accounts of the birth of Christ both feature Mary, Joseph, angels, and the Holy Spirit. However, Luke's account is more extensive and exhaustive. He writes of the simple shepherds, those to whom the shepherds related their story after carefully checking out everything for themselves, of old Simeon and Anna, a widow and a prophetess. These stories can be read or heard or seen for your Christmas refreshment.
The season of Christmas is one of the most joyous and celebrated seasons in the world. It is the season of presenting gifts to family members, friends, fellow workers and loved ones. Unfortunately, not everyone experiences such joy and celebration, let alone understand the true meaning of God coming in the flesh in the Person of Jesus Christ. They miss the true meaning of Christmas because they are not willing to surrender their lives to Christ and worship Him as God's greatest gift to lost and sinful humanity. Joseph and Mary didn't miss Christmas at the First Christmas simply because they yielded their lives to God and were guided into God's purpose and guarded from danger.
In a normal year, the Christmas season is a busy time for many people, including born again believers in Jesus Christ. This year has not been "normal," because of the global coronavirus pandemic, leading to many lockdowns and restrictions on social gatherings. But nevertheless those of us who have been fortunate to survive the ongoing Covid-pandemic, will be pressured to get gifts for our loved ones. This can be time consuming. In fact, this turns to be our main focus during the Christmas season. While giving gifts to loved ones and receiving from them are commendable and demonstrate our care and love for others, they were not the focus of the believers at the First Christmas. After the angel's visit to the virgin Mary, we are told, "Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart" (Luke 2:19). The shepherds who heard the announcement of the Savior's birth, could not help, but went back to their fields glorifying and praising God (Luke 2:8-20). When old Simeon and Anna saw the Christ-Child at the First Christmas, they poured out their hearts in prayer to God (Luke 2:25-38). So, it's clear that the First Christmas was a time of pondering, praising and praying to God. Let's follow in the footsteps of the believers at the First Christmas, pondering, praising God, and praying to Him!
I thank my Lord and my God for blessing His believing and beloved people with another glorious opportunity of celebrating the Birth of His Beloved and Blessed Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. I count it a great honor to be called and chosen to minister the Word of God in such a time as this. For those of you who have visited and continue to visit our ministry website, I thank God for you and pray that you will have a meaningful, magnificent, marvelous and memorable Christmas celebration. I sincerely wish you a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. Please read my Christmas message and greetings to you by clicking on this link.
The Global Coronavirus Pandemic!
Our world is literally under attack. The global Coronavirus pandemic has brought our world to its knees. Millions have contracted the dreaded COVID-19 virus. Thousands upon thousands have lost their lives after contracting the virus. The future looks bleak for the world. But in the midst of this global pandemic, it is important for believers in Christ to keep reminding themselves that:
- God is our Go-To-Person;
- God is good all the time;
- God is gracious;
- God is great and greatly to be praised;
- God is our guide;
- God is our guard;
- God is our guardian;
- God Himself is our guarantee;
- God is the generous giver who gives life and takes it away. Blessed be His name!
For those who have lost loved ones in the global Coronavirus pandemic, we grieve with you. Our sincere prayer for you is that the Father of mercies, the God of all comfort, will Himself comfort you so that you will be able to comfort others in their trials and losses. [I have personally lost a beloved nephew to the virus in the UK]. We also thank God for those who have been treated and have recovered from the Coronavirus and trust you will be touched with the goodness and grace of God to you. [I also have another nephew who is recovering from the virus in the UK]. We also pray for God's hand of protection on the first responders across the globe. And we pray that even in such a time as this, "this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14).
During the Christmas season, our thoughts readily turn to popular Christmas characters like the Virgin Mary, Joseph, Zacharias, Elizabeth, the angels, the shepherds, the wise men, King Herod, Simeon, Anna, and of course, the “Baby Jesus,” who was born to save His people from their sins. There is a wealth of spiritual nourishment to gain from a careful study of each of these characters. But there is one specific Christmas character that is often forgotten when pondering the Christmas Story. But this character played several significant roles in the Christmas Story. Who is this Forgotten Christmas character? And what significant roles did this Christmas character play in the Christmas Story? Can you make an educated guess? I know you can. But please find out more here.
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